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Monday, January 12, 2015

Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps saved my nails | Review

As you may know, I hardly ever paint my nails. But during late July to August, I realised that my nails were getting very soft and flaky. Even my Big toes were suffering. I had to do a bit of a patch job on them, since the Crop Over Season had been so rough on my toes. So in September I decided I couldn’t let my nails suffer this much, so I started taking Biotin and reinforced my aim by purchasing the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps top coat.

I couldn't have been happier since!

Despite forgetting to take the supplement daily, using this product as a top coat, or worn alone as been the saving grace for my nails during the last school term. This product was $10.15BDS in Collin’s Pharmacy and the formula is said to be “acrylic gel with Nylon”. They say it’s supposed to seal and harden the nails with a hard wrap-like surface, to prevent chipping, splitting and peeling.

As far as I’ve used it, I’ve got to admit that my nails are most definitely harder and I’ve seen less chipping. Worn alone, it gives the nails a healthy look. While worn over another polish, it has a dazzling gloss finish. I’ve been very happy with how thin and manageable the formula is to apply. It does not drag or take forever to dry. It gives a nice even coverage to the nail and lasts up to a week.  The scent is your typical nail odour, strong but wears off as it dries.

In terms of the actual formulation, Sally Hansen states that this is 3-free nail lacquer, Read more about the 3 controversial ingredients here. It does contain Camphor however. Not that this bothers me, as in Barbados we buy and use Camphor straight out of the pharmacy. As Sally Hansen also claims, Nylon and Acrylic gel does appear in the formula, although in the end portion of the ingredient list. 


  • Hardens nails
  • Give healthy shine
  • Thin, manageable formula
  • Lasts up to a week on the nails
  • Affordable


  • Strong scent

Product Specs:

  • Claims: Acrylic gel formula with Nylon seals and hardens nails with a hard wrap-like surface. Fortifies nails and helps prevent chipping, splitting and peeling.
  • Directions:Can be worn alone or after applying nail color. Wait two minutes, then apply one coat of Hard As Wraps Clear & Top Coat.
  • Product size: 0.4 OZ (11.8mL)
  • Also available in Sheer Pink
  • Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, SD Alcohol 40-B, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Camphor, Sucrose Benzoate, Etocrylene, Styrene /Acrylates Copolymer,Dimethicone, Nylon-12,  D&C Violet No. 2 (CI 60725).

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I would recommend this product to  friend and most definitely repurchase this top coat. It was able to  bring back my nails from a very flaky place, haha.

Where to purchase: Collins Pharmacy (Barbados), Drug stores (USA), Amazon

Disclaimer: This product was bought with my money. Opinions are my own.

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